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Old 10-18-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Just purchased a 2014 TDI Q5 with S-Line plus package. In CO, we are required to have front license plates, but this vehicle was sold to me without the front license plate bracket. The dealer told me that I would need to buy one.

1) I'm amazed that it would be legal for dealers to sell vehicles not equipped to meet the laws of the state in which they're sold. The dealer (in their defense, I guess) told me that the plate just has to be displayed and there's nothing that says it has to be in a bracket on the front of the vehicle.
2) Based on what I read online, I contacted Audi of America and they basically told me that front license plate brackets are an option, and that the dealer is not required to sell the vehicle with one.

So, is this correct? Has anyone had luck getting a bracket because the state that they live in (and the state in which the vehicle was sold) requires one?

Alternatively, is anyone living in a state where front license plates are NOT required that would like to trade a front license plate bracket (part # 8R0807285M3FZ) for the filler piece that would otherwise sit there (again, S-Line, with parking sensors)?
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Just purchased a 2014 TDI Q5 with S-Line plus package. In CO, we are required to have front license plates, but this vehicle was sold to me without the front license plate bracket. The dealer told me that I would need to buy one.

1) I'm amazed that it would be legal for dealers to sell vehicles not equipped to meet the laws of the state in which they're sold. The dealer (in their defense, I guess) told me that the plate just has to be displayed and there's nothing that says it has to be in a bracket on the front of the vehicle.
2) Based on what I read online, I contacted Audi of America and they basically told me that front license plate brackets are an option, and that the dealer is not required to sell the vehicle with one.

So, is this correct? Has anyone had luck getting a bracket because the state that they live in (and the state in which the vehicle was sold) requires one?

Alternatively, is anyone living in a state where front license plates are NOT required that would like to trade a front license plate bracket (part # 8R0807285M3FZ) for the filler piece that would otherwise sit there (again, S-Line, with parking sensors)?
I wouldn't mind trading with you.
I have a 2013 with the license plate bracket and parking sensors.
PM me if you're interested. I'm in CA btw.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:29 PM   #3
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I wouldn't mind trading with you.
I have a 2013 with the license plate bracket and parking sensors.
PM me if you're interested. I'm in CA btw.
Thanks for the offer -- I should have mentioned that I'm looking for a matte black one. Here's a photo of the front end of my Q5.

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Sorry -- photo doesn't seem to have worked correctly. Here is a
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GBadger,

Congratulations on the new Q!

Do you have any more photos? That's the same color/package combo that I ordered, and I would love to see some photos with the wheels.

Thanks.
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I live in a state requiring a front license plate. Without my input the dealer added the 6W3 code to the custom build order; it's a zero dollar cost option for the customer and, I suspect, for the dealer as well.
It doesn't sound like you have a very accommodating dealer, and it doesn't sound like Audi USA fully appreciated your state-mandated need either.
I would press both sources again and I'll bet you could even make the CO DMV your ally.
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Do you have any more photos? That's the same color/package combo that I ordered, and I would love to see some photos with the wheels.

Thanks.
I Second that. I waiting for my Scuba with S-Line and I'm curious about how the titanium wheels look with Scuba.
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I live in a state requiring a front license plate. Without my input the dealer added the 6W3 code to the custom build order; it's a zero dollar cost option for the customer and, I suspect, for the dealer as well.
It doesn't sound like you have a very accommodating dealer, and it doesn't sound like Audi USA fully appreciated your state-mandated need either.
I would press both sources again and I'll bet you could even make the CO DMV your ally.
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I ordered both my Audis from McDonald Audi and my sales guy checked the right boxes. Don't know why the dealer would be giving you a hassle.
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If you are still in need, I have a matte black front license plate bracket with park sensors from a 2012 s line Q5.

Let me know. I live in AZ.
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I live in a state requiring a front license plate. Without my input the dealer added the 6W3 code to the custom build order; it's a zero dollar cost option for the customer and, I suspect, for the dealer as well.
It doesn't sound like you have a very accommodating dealer, and it doesn't sound like Audi USA fully appreciated your state-mandated need either.
I would press both sources again and I'll bet you could even make the CO DMV your ally.
Thanks for your input. To be clear, this wasn't a custom order (they had it on the lot). I checked with the CO DMV today and they said that there isn't any law that requires dealers to equip vehicles with front license plate holders, but it is mandatory to display a front plate

It would be nice if the dealer would just put it on (considering I brought it up during the test drive!), but their stance is that since we did not negotiate for this (in writing) that we will need to order it. They did offer to give it to us at their cost (+/-$260).
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I put the winter wheels and tires on pretty much right away, so I don't have many pics...

But, here are two (one with S-Line wheels/tires, one with winter wheels/tires)!

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Thanks, GBadger! That sunlight photo with the summer wheels is exactly what I wanted to see.

Congratulations on the new ride. It looks awesome.
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Thanks for your input. To be clear, this wasn't a custom order (they had it on the lot). I checked with the CO DMV today and they said that there isn't any law that requires dealers to equip vehicles with front license plate holders, but it is mandatory to display a front plate

It would be nice if the dealer would just put it on (considering I brought it up during the test drive!), but their stance is that since we did not negotiate for this (in writing) that we will need to order it. They did offer to give it to us at their cost (+/-$260).
I would show the dealer the Audi Order Guide (see posts around the 05/2013 time frame). It clearly states that the front license plate holder is a no-charge item for vehicles in states requiring a front plate. Did the dealer sell you a "dealer trade" i.e. a vehicle from another, one-plate state? At any rate, it's implausible that Audi USA won't help.
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I would show the dealer the Audi Order Guide (see posts around the 05/2013 time frame). It clearly states that the front license plate holder is a no-charge item for vehicles in states requiring a front plate. Did the dealer sell you a "dealer trade" i.e. a vehicle from another, one-plate state? At any rate, it's implausible that Audi USA won't help.
i've contacted two different people at Audi USA, and both say that since it's an option for the vehicle, the dealer is not required to sell one, no matter what the state law. I'll try again.

I'm not sure how the dealer acquired this vehicle -- all I know is that they had three sitting on the lot, two with plate holders and one (the one I wanted) without.
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i've contacted two different people at Audi USA, and both say that since it's an option for the vehicle, the dealer is not required to sell one, no matter what the state law. I'll try again.

I'm not sure how the dealer acquired this vehicle -- all I know is that they had three sitting on the lot, two with plate holders and one (the one I wanted) without.
The window sticker (to which you are legally entitled) would indicate to which dealership the vehicle was initially allocated, although yours probably got discarded during the PDI.
My Q5 TDI is my first Audi experience. Hearing of Audi's stubborn refusal in the face of such a trivial, universally no-cost item really gives me pause.
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Just an update on this -- I got things worked out with the dealer and they will be supplying the license plate bracket. At this point I am a happy camper!
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Good to hear, that's the way things should go! Have fun in the snow!
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Anyone have a front plate bracket for 2013/2014 S-Line (with sensors) they're looking to get rid of? Prefer glossy black. Part number: 8R0307285MT94

I have the smooth filler (without plate) and may entertain a swap as well. I have some peeling on mine and plan to have it replaced under warranty in the next week or so, so the plate filler I would trade would be brand new.

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Anyone have a front plate bracket for 2013/2014 S-Line (with sensors) they're looking to get rid of? Prefer glossy black. Part number: 8R0307285MT94

I have the smooth filler (without plate) and may entertain a swap as well. I have some peeling on mine and plan to have it replaced under warranty in the next week or so, so the plate filler I would trade would be brand new.

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